Come to join the party crowd, watch ocean sunsets, and take in historical sites, then head offshore to see the Gulf of Mexico’s castaway islands and mangroves. Read on for our top tips for making the most of 3 days in Key West.
Key West Garden Club
Find masses of tropical blooms and lush foliage in this beautiful garden on the site of West Martello Tower, a military site built during the Civil War. Combining historic architecture with beautiful plants, the garden also has narrow paths that are perfect for a leisurely stroll away from Duval Street crowds.
1100 Atlantic Blvd., Key West, Florida, 33040
The free-to-access garden is divided into a series of zones, including a perfume garden, cactus garden, orchid areas, butterfly garden, waterfall garden, and prehistoric garden. Key West Garden Club is an included stop on some guided tours of Key West, but visitors interested in a more in-depth look should consider docent-led tours of the site.
Things to know before you go
- The garden is great for history buffs, as it’s among the best places to learn about Key West’s role during the Civil War.
- Plan to bring sun protection. While some parts of the garden are in shade, the sun in Key West can be intense.
- Most of the garden is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to get there
The Key West Garden Club is located at 1100 Atlantic Boulevard in Key West, close to Higgs Beach. Limited on-street parking is available nearby, and it’s also possible to reach the garden using public transit. The free Duval Loop bus stops at Flagler and Grinnell Streets, a 7-minute walk from the garden. If you’re exploring Key West on a trolley tour, get off at Stop #10, which is a 6-minute walk away.
When to get there
Gardens are open year-round, with closures for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Volunteer-led tours are available by advance reservation. For a more hands-on experience, it’s possible to join the open volunteering hours, when local green thumbs tend to the plants.
Best Gardens in Key West
Weather in the Florida Keys is a dream for gardeners, and Key West has beautiful blooms to explore. After the Key West Garden Club, check out the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, where orchids and bromeliads flourish among thick foliage. Another favorite is Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, a lush bird sanctuary for rescued parrots.
Frequently Asked Questions
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